Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea explained

Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea, or IBS-D, is not the same as an occasional stomach issue. It is a condition that is long-lasting (chronic), that includes frequent episodes of diarrhea as one of the most common symptoms, along with abdominal pain or discomfort.

The symptoms of IBS-D

Symptoms like abdominal pain and diarrhea are uncomfortable, bothersome, and frustrating. Even when they aren't present, you never know when they might come back.

IBS-D may be more common than you think

While estimates vary, as many as 16 million adults in the United States may suffer from IBS-D. Contrary to popular belief, IBS-D affects as many men as it does women.

51% OF MEN


Causes of IBS-D

While food or stress can often trigger IBS-D symptoms, there's more to the story. The exact causes of IBS-D are unclear, but experts believe that a few factors may be involved:

1MUSCLES in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract may contract too much

2NERVES in the bowel may not respond as they should

3SIGNALS communicating between the bowel and the brain may be disrupted

If you think you may have IBS-D...

It's important that you talk with your healthcare provider. It may not be an easy subject to bring up, but you can use the Interactive Doctor Discussion Guide to get a personalized report and to help get the conversation started.